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1:54 pm
Wed March 21, 2012

How Obama Lost The Messaging War Over Health Care Law

Protesters show their opposition to President Obama's health care overhaul on March 16, 2010, days before it became law.
Jewel Samad AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed March 21, 2012 7:44 pm

The sweeping health overhaul law turns 2 years old this Friday. And as it heads toward a constitutional showdown at the Supreme Court next week, the debate over the measure remains almost as heated as the day President Obama signed it into law.

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The Two-Way
1:38 pm
Wed March 21, 2012

Sifting Through What We Know About The French Shootings Suspect

Police officers stand near the apartment building where a suspect in the shooting at the Ozar Hatorah Jewish school is barricaded in Toulouse, southern France on Wednesday.
Bob Edme AP

The standoff between a murder suspect and French police in Toulouse, France, has stirred up a swirl of speculation about the man's background and motives, but so far there are relatively few confirmed facts.

French officials say the suspect is a 23- or 24-year-old Frenchman of Algerian decent by the name of Mohammed Merah, who had a long record as a juvenile delinquent.

He's suspected in the killings this month of three French paratroopers of North African descent, as well as a rabbi and three Jewish schoolchildren.

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The Two-Way
12:45 pm
Wed March 21, 2012

Gingrich: Some 'Brand New Players' Might Emerge At GOP Convention

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich.
Win McNamee Getty Images

Originally published on Fri March 23, 2012 6:03 am

Saying that Mitt Romney may not be able to "grind his way toward the nomination" despite a huge fundraising advantage, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich told NPR today that he sees no reason to exit the Republican presidential race and that there's a chance of a new contender emerging at the party's convention in August.

"I'm not so sure you wouldn't get a series of brand new players" stepping forward during a brokered convention, he told Morning Edition co-host Steve Inskeep.

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World Cafe
12:20 pm
Wed March 21, 2012

Zola Jesus On World Cafe

Zola Jesus.
Courtesy of the artist

Nika Roza Danilova, known on stage as Zola Jesus, has crafted an experimental, genre-straddling sound which incorporates Gothic rock, lo-fi acoustic music, orchestral instrumentals, ambient electronic sounds and strong, diva-esque vocals. She's released three full-length studio albums in the span of three years, and each has sounded more purposeful and powerful than the last.

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The Two-Way
12:19 pm
Wed March 21, 2012

Jets, Broncos Complete Trade For Tim Tebow

Tebow celebrates after the game against the New York Jets on Nov. 17, 2011 in Denver.
Garrett Ellwood Getty Images

Originally published on Wed March 21, 2012 9:47 pm

The Denver Broncos have traded quarterback Tim Tebow to the New York Jets in exchange for a fourth-round and a sixth-round draft pick, Newsday is reporting.

Tebow became redundant in Denver after the team signed Peyton Manning to a five-year, $96 million contract. Newsday adds:

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U.S.
12:12 pm
Wed March 21, 2012

Florida Teen's Killing: A Parent's Greatest Fear

Brandon Northington (right) a FAMU law student chants, "Do I look suspicious?" while holding a bag of Skittles during a rally Monday at the Seminole County Courthouse in Sanford, Fla. Trayvon Martin was holding the candy when he was shot and killed.
Red Huber MCT /Landov

Originally published on Tue April 30, 2013 4:21 pm

The fatal shooting in Florida of an unarmed black teenager at the hand of a neighborhood watch captain has ignited national furor over racial profiling and vigilante justice.

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The Two-Way
12:05 pm
Wed March 21, 2012

NFL Slams Saints Over Bountygate; Coach Suspended For 2012 Season

New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton, left, and then-defensive coordinator Gregg Williams in August 2010.
Chris Graythen Getty Images

Originally published on Wed March 21, 2012 1:03 pm

New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton has been "suspended for one season without pay for his involvement in the team's bounty program," NFL.com reports.

The team's former defensive coordinator, Gregg Williams, "has been suspended indefinitely." He ran the program that paid players bounties for hits that knocked opponents out of games. Williams left the Saints after last season to join the St. Louis Rams.

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Politics
12:00 pm
Wed March 21, 2012

Rules Change May Pave Way To Brokered Convention

Transcript

NEAL CONAN, HOST:

This is TALK OF THE NATION. I'm Neal Conan in Washington. Romney recovers in Puerto Rico and romps in Illinois. House Republicans draw a line. Santorum wants a do-over, maybe in Louisiana. It's Wednesday and time for a...

RICK SANTORUM: Saddle up...

CONAN: ...edition of the Political Junkie.

PRESIDENT RONALD REAGAN: There you go again.

VICE PRESIDENT WALTER MONDALE: When I hear your new ideas, I'm reminded of that ad: Where's the beef?

SENATOR BARRY GOLDWATER: Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice.

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NPR Story
12:00 pm
Wed March 21, 2012

After 34 Years With C-SPAN, Brian Lamb Steps Down

C-SPAN Chief Executive Officer Brian Lamb poses in his Washington office Oct. 1, 1998.
Khue Bui AP

The Cable Satellite Public Affairs Network went live in 1979. Its founder and CEO, Brian Lamb, became a pioneer in cable television when he pushed for public access to government proceedings. Congress at first resisted, but the House eventually opened its doors to cameras, and the Senate later followed.

The network now includes three cable channels, C-SPAN radio and an online video archive of all programming that has aired since 1987. Lamb is stepping down after 34 years with the network.

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Sports
12:00 pm
Wed March 21, 2012

Athletic Quarterbacks Challenge Pocket Passers

Agile quarterbacks like Michael Vick, Tim Tebow and Robert Griffin III are gaining ground on traditional players who sit in the pocket, timing the perfect pass. NPR correspondent Mike Pesca and Super Bowl-winning QB Joe Theismann talk about how quarterbacks and the game of football have changed.

Medical Treatments
12:00 pm
Wed March 21, 2012

Weighing The Pros And Cons Of Aspirin Regimens

A pair of new studies find that taking aspirin daily may significantly reduce the risk of many cancers and prevent tumors from spreading. Many experts view the findings as promising, but public health officials warn that the risks may still outweigh the benefits.

The Two-Way
11:57 am
Wed March 21, 2012

'Invisible Children' Co-Founder Suffered 'Brief Reactive Psychosis'

The co-founder of Invisible Children, who was detained by police in San Diego last week after residents complained he was naked on a residential street, was not on drugs, his wife said.

Jason Russell, who was catapulted into the national spotlight after his video on Ugandan warlord Joseph Kony went viral, has been shown in videos naked and apparently talking to himself on the streets of San Diego.

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The Two-Way
11:34 am
Wed March 21, 2012

Reports: Obama Will Call For Southern Portion Of XL Pipeline To Be Expedited

Quoting "a White House official," CNN and USA Today are reporting that in a speech tomorrow President Obama will push for fast-tracking the construction of the southern portion of the Keystone XL pipeline.

USA Today reports:

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Monkey See
11:09 am
Wed March 21, 2012

Tebow, Tailgating, And Team Loyalty: Why The NFL Needs Nice Guys More Than Ever

Tim Tebow of the Denver Broncos kneels and prays with teammates and members of the New England Patriots after the Patriots won 45-10 during their AFC Divisional Playoff Game at Gillette Stadium on January 14, 2012.
Al Bello Getty Images

Originally published on Wed March 21, 2012 12:08 pm

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The Salt
10:59 am
Wed March 21, 2012

Intense Aromas Lead To Smaller Bites

The stronger the aroma, the more likely you are to take a smaller bite, researchers found.
iStockphoto.com

We've known for a while that a food's aroma has a big influence on our perception of how it tastes. Now it looks like smell also can affect how much we eat.

People who ate vanilla custard in a laboratory ate smaller bites when they smelled a stronger cream aroma, according to a new study. The stronger the smell, the smaller the bite.

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